Health Matters

Health Matters, produced locally by Red River Radio, airs Thursdays at 6 p.m. The producer is Ranae Moran. Hosts of Health Matters include Dr. Randall Brewer, Dr. Sanford Katz, and Red River Radio General Manager Kermit Poling. Psychologist Dr. Shelley Visconte (Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT) hosts the Mental Health Edition of Health Matters the last Thursday of each month. Health Matters features guest physicians and health care specialists joining our hosts to bring you up-to-date information on topics that affect your health.  Listeners are provided the opportunity to call in with questions or comments during the show at 1-800-552-8502 or tweet a question via Twitter @rrrpublicradio.

Health Matters is currently supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of Northwest Louisiana and The Gables at Spring Lake, Gamble Guest Care’s assisted living community. 

Health Matters Disclaimer:
Health Matters is a program for informational purposes only. Consult your physician or health care provider for all health concerns. The opinions expressed on Health Matters are those of the individual guests and callers and do not represent the views of Red River Radio or LSUS. Health Matters is part of Red River Radio's Community Connections series of outreach programs. Guests on Health Matters are not compensated and are selected by relevance to the topic.  No fees are charged for participation in Health Matters.

Airs Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 6 p.m. Tune in for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition, Thursday at 6 p.m. Host Dr. Shelley Visconte will be joined by Doreen McGaffey, Licensed Professional Counselor, to talk about the signs and treatments of chronic mental illness. This is a repeat broadcast and no phone calls will be taken.

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Airs Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 6 p.m. Program 2: Reinventing the Future of Mental Health Care. Preventative mental health care is effective and can prevent early symptoms from becoming chronic illnesses. What will it take to reform the nation’s care systems and policies so that people get the wholistic care they need to prevent a crisis?

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Airs Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 6 p.m. It's spring time. The trees are green, the flowers are blooming, and yellow pollen is everywhere, much to the dismay of allergy sufferers. On this edition of Health Matters Dr. Patrick Lavo will host and the show features Dr. David Kaufman, pediatric allergist and immunologist with LSU Health Shreveport will talk about the latest treatments for allergies and asthma. 

Airs Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 6 p.m. Our Mental Health Crisis, By Design. America’s mental health system is designed to deliver too little care, too late. Current policy and care systems devote the most resources to treating people in crisis, but provider and bed shortages remain common. How are people still finding ways to connect with help?

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Airs Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 7 p.m. April is National Autism Awareness Month. Tune in for Health Matters Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Lacey Moffat fills in for Dr. Shelley Visconte as host. She will be joined by Dr. Michelle Yetman clinical psychologist and Dr. Adam Blancher, counseling psychologist, with the Children’s Center at LSU Health Shreveport , to talk about the latest in diagnosis and treatment of this increasingly more common developmental disorder. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502 during the show.

Health Matters Special: Profiles in Mental Health and Courage from Safe Space Radio.
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Airs Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 6 p.m. Courage is the choice to act even when we feel afraid. It gives us the ability to address shame, stigma and silence—and to feel our own strength. This hour-long show is about how accessing our courage supports our mental health and well-being. We explore the experience of living with mental illness—such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and borderline personality disorder—as a kind of “courage boot camp.” We also discuss how culturally-imposed silence can enforce shame and make accessing our courage much more difficult. Safe Space Radio combines compelling storytelling with practical expert guidance to give you the tools you need to find your own courage.

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Airs Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 6 p.m. April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and this Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Randall Brewer will be joined by Dr. Jessica Wilden, neurosurgeon at Tri-State Neurosurgery, part of Willis-Knighton Health System, and Wendy Taylor, NP, to talk about the latest treatments for Parkinson’s disease and essential tremors. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502 during the show.

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Airs Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 6 p.m. Dr. Patrick Lavo will talk with Dr. G.E. Ghali, Professor and Chairman of LSU Health Shreveport; Dr. John Vanchiere Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Disease at LSU Health Shreveport; and Dr. Andrew Yurochko, Vice Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Director of the Center of Excellence for Emerging Viral Threats at LSU Health Shreveport; about the latest on the coronavirus pandemic, vaccines, virus variants and more. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 6 p.m. Gynecologic cancers do not receive the press that some other types of cancer receive, but talking about them can save the lives of women. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Sanford Katz will be joined by gynecologic oncologist Dr. Destin Black, Dr. Maxwell McDonald, medical oncologist, and Dr. Lane Rosen, radiation oncologist, all with Willis-Knighton Health System, to talk about gynecologic cancer signs, symptoms and treatments. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502

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 Airs Thursday, January 28, 2021, at 6 p.m. Tune in for a Mental Health Edition of Health Matters as Dr. Shelley Visconte will delve into the difficult topic of sexual exploitation with guests Laurie McGehee, Director of FREE: The Coalition to End Human Trafficking in NW Louisiana; Olivia Ferguson, Child and Youth Human Trafficking Coordinator and Counselor for The Gingerbread House; and Tiffany Shatto, LSUS Postgraduate Intern for Goebel, Vigen, and Associate. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502. This topic may not be suitable for children and some adults.